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A new host says what black people have wanted to say for a while.

The guy who's taking over "The Colbert Report" time slot thinks we're all "race-a-holics." I kind of love him for that.

He's also saying a lot of stuff that black people have wanted to say for a while. Now he's got a new TV show where we can hear all of these thoughts. So, who is this guy?

He's funny.


He's quick-witted.

He's Larry Wilmore!

He's also the brand new host of Comedy Central's "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore."

As you probably know, Stephen Colbert, who cranked out the LOLs as a fictional newscaster on "The Colbert Report," moved on to fill Letterman's slot as the new host of "The Late Show."

Making way for Wilmore!

Although he'll be taking over "The Colbert Report" slot, don't call him the new Colbert just because he's hilarious. This dude really has a all his own.

So why am I so excited to see Larry?

Here are my top 5 reasons:

1. He can tackle the tough issues.

As the "black senior correspondent" on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," he's got a knack for talking about the hard stuff — race, discrimination, "black-on-black" crime, and "police-on-black" crime. In a recent "Daily Show" episode, Jon asks him about black-on-black crime and how it's being brought up as a deterrent to talking about police-on-black crime. Larry responded with:

"Can we stop calling it black-on-black crime? It's just crime, OK? 'Black-on-black' just makes it seem like a category on RedTube — that's a porn site, Jon."

"Diabetes, stroke, and heart disease are kicking black-on-black crime's ass, OK? But no one is saying we need to get rid of those before we can talk about racism."

2. He's got a killer resume.

In addition to "The Daily Show," Larry's totally been in the comedy circle for more than a minute. You might have caught one of his Showtime "town-hall" comedy specials, "Larry Wilmore's Race, Religion, Sex." He also created "The Bernie Mac Show," co-created the animated series "The PJs," was a writer for NBC's "The Office," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and "In Living Color." He was also the executive producer for "Black-ish" before taking on "The Nightly Show."


3. He's not afraid to ruffle a few feathers.

On "The Nightly Show," Larry won't be in character; he'll anchor the show, interjecting comedic bits from himself, panelists, and a group of diverse correspondents. The show will focus on what's going on in the news, adding his honest yet cutting perspective, which is often underrepresented in the mainstream. So it'll probably be stuff like this:

In an interview with ABC News, Larry explained:

"(It's) better to have an authentic, interesting conversation and have the show be a little quieter than just setting up jokes that at the end of the day nobody cares about. That, I'm not interested in. I'd rather be scared by something somebody says."

4. He thinks we're all "race-a-holics."

Wait ... what?! Let him explain.


"We won't end it (racism). The world's always been like this — brother against brother, tribe against tribe. It's not just going to go away. It's part of our DNA. We're 'race-a-holics,' Jon. We'll always be in recovery. The best we can hope for is to manage it."

5. He's making history.

As the only person of color on TV right now with a late-night talk show, Larry Wilmore will undoubtedly fill a void. I imagine the show to be less like Arsenio Hall, more like Melissa Harris Perry, with a touch of "The Daily Show" added in for comedic relief. He'll bring a fresh perspective and probably say some things that black people have wanted to say for a long time. Regardless, having a guy like him on late night is long overdue.

To see Larry in action, check out this clip from "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart":

Images provided by Pacifico

Making waves in the best way

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At last, summer is here. And for many people, that means it's time for heading to the beach and maybe even catching some waves. Surfing is a quintessential summertime activity for those who live in coastal communities—it’s not only really fun and challenging, it’s also a great way to celebrate Mother Nature’s beauty. Even after a wipeout, the cool water mixed with warm sunshine offers a certain kind of euphoria. Or, you know, just hanging back on the sand is plenty fun too. Simply being outdoors near the ocean is its own reward.

pacifico quiksilver beach cleanupLet’s protect the places where outdoor adventure happensAll photos provided by Pacifico

However, it's well known that our beautiful beaches are suffering the consequences of overcrowding, pollution and littering. What was once a way of playing in nature is now slowly destroying it. And of course, this affects beachgoers everywhere. The sad truth is—without taking action to preserve all the natural joys the earth provides, we will eventually lose them.

But there is hope. Two popular brands that both have roots in surf culture have teamed up to help make trips to the beach a more sustainable pastime. The best part? You don’t have to know how to hang ten in order to participate.

Pacifico®, a pilsner-style lager originally brought to the U.S. by surfers, and Quiksilver, an iconic apparel company loved by both surfers and beach goers alike, have created a brand-new range of clothing and accessories with sustainability in mind.

Take a look below. These threads are great for all kinds of fun in the sun, without compromising the environment.

pacifico quicksilver beach cleanupsReady to make some waves

The collection launches on July 5 and includes tees and woven shirts, boardshorts, hats, flip-flops and a special beach towel and tote bag. The unique collaboration features the vibrant, colorful designs that are the hallmark of Quiksilver combined with Pacifico elements, created to make a positive impact.

Each item has been thoughtfully curated to minimize an environmental footprint and protect the outdoors. The hats, for example, are made from NetPlus® by Bureo®, a raw material created from South American recycled fishing nets. Additionally, the board shorts are made from recycled plastic bottles, and tees are made with 100% organic cotton. Pretty rad stuff, to put it in surfer lingo.

The prices on these pieces are equally rad, ranging from $28 flip-flops to $60 boardshorts.

In keeping with the sustainable ethos and protecting the places we play, Pacifico and Quiksilver will celebrate the products’ launch by hosting two beach cleanups. The first is on July 5 at Sunset Point in Malibu, California, from 4-5:30pm, and the second is on July 9th at Deerfield Beach in Florida from 8:30 – 10:30am.

pacifico quicksilver clothing lineCleaning up and looking good while doing it

Theses beach cleanups are open to anyone over the age of 21 who’s ready to have some fun while taking care of nature’s playground.

Those who can’t make it to the beach (bummer, dude) don’t have to miss out on all the fun. The new collection will be available on July 5th at www.quiksilver.com/mens-collab-pacifico. And even if you don’t surf, never plan to surf, have no desire to even be near a surfboard, rest assured, the apparel is still cool. Plus sustainable choices are always good fashion.

Our planet provides us with an endless supply of beauty and adventure. But without more mindful actions from humanity, its natural wonders will eventually diminish. Fortunately Pacifico and Quiksilver are making it easier than ever for people to enjoy the great outdoors without jeopardizing it. That’s a wave worth riding.

This article originally appeared on 09.06.17


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Here are some hilarious tweets that just about every married couple will understand.

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The study, conducted by sociologists at Ohio State, was recently published in the journal Social Forces.

According to researchers, dog-walking isn’t just about getting exercise—it makes us all security guards whether we know it or not.

“People walking their dogs are essentially patrolling their neighborhoods,” Nicolo Pinchak, lead author of the study, told Ohio State News. “They see when things are not right, and when there are suspect outsiders in the area. It can be a crime deterrent.”

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Passing around your yearbook to have it signed by friends, teachers and classmates is a fun rite of passage for kids in junior high and high school. But, according to KDVR, for Brody Ridder, a bullied sixth grader at The Academy of Charter Schools in Westminster, Colorado, it was just another day of putting up with rejection.

Poor Brody was only able to get four signatures in his yearbook, two from what appeared to be teachers and one from himself that said, “Hope you make some more friends."

Brody’s mom, Cassandra Ridder has been devastated by the bullying her son has faced over the past two years. "There [are] kids that have pushed him and called him names," she told The Washington Post. It has to be terrible to have your child be bullied and there is nothing you can do.

She posted about the incident on Facebook.

“My poor son. Doesn’t seem like it’s getting any better. 2 teachers and a total of 2 students wrote in his yearbook,” she posted on Facebook. “Despite Brody asking all kinds of kids to sign it. So Brody took it upon himself to write to himself. My heart is shattered. Teach your kids kindness.”

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